The surging power of the engine, the view of the blazing wheel hitting the dirt, the iconic sound of the dirt bike exhaust, and the soaring adrenaline levels, the love for these are the symptoms of motocross fever. If you suffer from this thrilling fever, and you understand and choose the dangers of this motocross world, you better start preparing your essential motocross gear. Here’s what you’ll need:
#1 Head Protection: Helmet
When it comes to helmets, don’t look to save money. Helmets are one of the most crucial pieces in your MX kit. Always stay away from a second-hand helmet and make sure you look for the best one. When we say best, we mean the size, weight, shape, design, and most importantly, the fit.
Brands create helmets in unique ways, we strongly recommend trying multiple to see which fits you best. Look for comfort, sturdiness, mobility, and overall feel while trying. Also, look for the latest Mips (multi-directional impact protection system) technology designed to make head safety more human biology driven.
#2 Body Protection Gear: Body Armor and Neck Brace
Body armor is integral for upper body protection, this means protecting broken ribs and back in the event of a crash. It is also made to withstand the mud and stones that will inevitably shoot at you by the rider in front. You can choose body armor ranging from a lightweight, under-jersey style vest, to a heavy-duty, over jersey style vest.
If you’re thinking about injuries, it’s best to prepare for the worst-case scenarios too. In the event of a crash, an injury to the neck can prove fatal, it’s better to invest in a good quality neck brace. Owing to its importance, many brands now develop their body armor to fit seamlessly with neck braces.
#3 Head Protection: Goggles
Keep your eye on your goals and the road, motocross goggles protect your eyes and your riding vision. Just like other MX gear, riding goggles have received their due diligence in features. You can choose from a wide variety of features: double density foamed, moisture-absorbing, anti-fogging, wide field of vision, mirror lenses, tinted lenses, etc. Depending on the build quality and what features you choose, you can expect to pay anywhere starting from $20 to $250.
#4 Arm and Hand Protection: Gloves and Elbow Pads
Grip is the most reliable friend of an MX rider. You know dirt bike rides can get intense and the intense vibration and bike handling can cause abrasions, burns, and blisters on your hand, if not protected. Riding gloves offer comfortable relief to your hands while augmenting your bike grip. Modern gloves also offer strapless and ultra-flexible options now for better riding experience.
While you have a strong grip, crashes can still occur. Therefore, the best option is to opt for elbow pads to prevent scathing and elbow dislocations in a crash.
#5 Feet Protection Gear: Boots and Knee Braces
Boots offer essential protection for your entire foot, ankle, and lower leg. Your foot is going to be a victim to a lot of flying track-debris, this requires a shield for protection provided by dirt bike boots. They also prevent painful ankle twists and other possible foot injuries.
The final protection you require is for your knees. The natural trajectory of your legs during a crash is hyperextending or twisting your knee in an unnatural and damaging way. To prevent such injuries that can last for life, knee braces are a savior.
Conclusion: You’re Race Ready
When it comes to safety, even motocross daredevils follow the adage a stitch in time saves ninety-nine, so make sure your essential motocross gear is in place before you race. That’s it, now that you’ve self-diagnosed your motocross madness, it’s time to use your gear and venture to this adventure.